Department of Defense funds sought for city water treatment solution

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The city is applying for a Department of Defense grant to help pay for a $50 million project that would meet required federal water safety standards at the water treatment plant.

For more than a year, a Syracuse engineering firm, GHD, has been researching a solution to reduce two disinfection byproducts that exceed acceptable levels at the Huntington Street water treatment plant.

The City Council on Monday night agreed to apply for the grant through the DOD’s Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program.

The city is eligible for the grant because it provides Fort Drum with water through water lines owned by the Development Authority of the North Country.

City Manager Kenneth A. Mix is hopeful that the city gets funded.

“I think we have a good project,” Mr. Mix said after Monday’s meeting. “I think there’s enough of a benefit to the military to make it competitive.”

The DOD grants are for a minimum of $250,000 and go up to $20 million. Applications are due Friday.

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